Planning pays off as all on track on eve of Pride of Guernsey 2017 awards

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THE final countdown to the Pride of Guernsey Awards 2017 has begun and with just one day to go before the ceremony at the newspaper’s Braye Road headquarters, the newsroom is being transformed.

The Guernsey Press team who have been working with Joys Production Services to transform the newsroom into the venue for tomorrow’s Pride of Guernsey awards ceremony – and then put it all back together again by Monday morning. Left to right, operations Darren Cooley, Matt Heys and Ben Fallaize. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 19523239)

Tomorrow night around 200 invited guests, including all 36 finalists, will be enjoying a popular new feature in Guernsey’s awards calendar.

Among those attending are the Lt-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, and Lady Corder, and the Deputy Bailiff, Richard McMahon, and his wife, Sue-Yin.

People at home will be able to follow live coverage of the event on the Guernsey Press website,, and social media.

The event will mark year two of the tributes, which are aimed at acknowledging and rewarding islanders who do extraordinary things every day.

One of the event’s sponsors, Joys Production Services, is again carrying out the major logistical feat of revamping the venue to make it ready for the ceremony.

Transforming a busy and working newsroom has been a challenge, but one that Joys and the Guernsey Press’s IT and operations department are enjoying.

Guernsey Press operations director Darren Cooley said good forward-planning had been crucial.

‘Preparation and planning has been key,’ he said. ‘Rather than move everything the day before the event, we have spread the move over two weeks.

‘It was fundamental we caused as little disruption as possible and that the move didn’t impact on the daily production of the newspaper.’

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